OUR MISSION: Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) is an experiential learning, fellowship program which provides the hands on training necessary to serve communities in developing a more secure food system. AMS empowers Fellows with skills to engage and assist with sustainable food cultivation, nutritional education, and land stewardship.
A healthier and sustainable food system.
A future where vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains are growing in open spaces and yards.
Nutritious, fresh food available to all people.
Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) is a two phase, fellowship program, managed by The Highland Center in Highland County, Virginia.
Phase I – The Farm: April 29 through November 1, 2012
AMS Fellows live cooperatively, grow most of their own food, and receive basic training in a variety of skills such as organic gardening, food preservation, small animal husbandry, basic tool use, permaculture design and community building/organizing.
The work/learning program will take place on the farm and within the surrounding community. Workshops and seminars will occur both on and off campus. In addition, AMS Fellows will assist with gardening projects and skill sharing within the local community to strengthen connections and access for neighborhoods and schools to healthier foods.
Phase II – Community Outreach: January 1 through December 31, 2013
AMS Fellows will work in the service of Partner Organizations in our region that are focused on building community gardens, advocating sustainable land use, and strengthening the ties between local economies and healthy food. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for the duration of 12 months
AMS Fellows will learn sustainable food cultivation, nutritional education, and community building techniques.
AMS Fellows will touch the lives of at least ten families by working within communities teaching gardening and building sustainable local food programs.
AMS Fellows will become lifelong ambassadors for a Sustainable Food Economy and Earth Stewardship.